by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs and Savannah Bananas were teetering back and forth before a large cumulonimbus cloud loomed overhead and made its presence known, forcing a rain delay and an ultimate game cancellation after three innings of play on Tuesday.
The Bananas jumped out in front in the second inning with a pair of RBI singles to take a 2-0 lead.
The SwampDogs responded in the top of the third, when Bailey Lewis broke a stretch of seven consecutive strikeouts to start the game with a single up the middle. An error and a subsequent wild pitch placed Lewis on third for Cameron Phelts, who drove Lewis in on a second Savannah error.
Savannah punched back for three more tallies in its half of the third. As soon as the final out of the inning was recorded, Bananas players sprinted toward the left field corner to roll out the tarp, and the game was put on hold.
With the wind howling and raindrops the size of bananas falling from the sky, it took almost every player from both dugouts to initially keep the tarp down. Then, weights were applied at just about any spot possible on the tarp's edges before Historic Grayson Stadium felt the wrath of the thunderstorm that never went away.
The contest was officially called just before 10 PM after a delay that lasted nearly two hours. The game did not reach the minimum amount of innings to be considered an "official game" (five), therefore it goes down as a game eliminated from both the 'Dogs' and Bananas' schedules.
The SwampDogs will travel to Lexington County on Wednesday for the third and final game of their three-day road trip. Then, Fayetteville will return home for a doubleheader on Thursday against the Wilmington Sharks to make up for a previous rain-out on July 5th.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are members of the The Coastal Plain League and are in their 19th Summer of fun. The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 23rd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 122 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.